A 2017 Disney Retrospective, or, Hey, It’s Part of Our Fantasy Culture
Growing up in the USA anyway, though I imagine in much of the world nowadays as well, some of our first introductions to fantasy on a large scale, for better or worse, may be Walt Disney Movies. Yes, I still remember SNOW WHITE (and parody her too from time to time), not to mention the artistry of a FANTASIA. The list could go on — and in fact it does in an a next-to-obsessive (yet fascinating) way in today’s TOR.COM via Mari Ness in “Wrapping Up the Disney Read-Watch.” And, yes, fantasy writers and readers, as much as we may look down now on some of the poorer examples, I for one can recall the awe that the best of the Disney films inspired in me as a child. And may yet still now.
So, today marks the first snowfall of 2017 in Bloomington Indiana, and here at least a gentle one making a crisp day lovely — as well as quiet the week before the spring term begins in a university city. A day for reflection and memories, perhaps, for peaceful thoughts and recalling joy. But for plans as well for a horror-filled year (writing-wise, that is, for those of us of darker inclinations), perhaps in some cases taking inspiration from the memories presented therein.
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